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Auburn Senator Pam Roach has long been recognized as the Washington legislature's leader in batshit craziness. She's like an unhinged, female Walter Sobchak on steroids,

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Pam Roach, Best in Show

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Auburn Senator Pam Roach has long been recognized as the Washington legislature's leader in batshit craziness. She's like an unhinged, female Walter Sobchak on steroids, driving staffers to counseling (for which the Senate has to pay), allegedly brandishing a firearm to make her points, and getting banned from direct communication with Senate Republican Caucus staff members.

(Lebowski fans may find it instructive to compare her famous Senate-floor "Flowers" speech (to which the blog Horses' Ass radio host Peter Weisbach added the Imperial March) to Walter's "mark it zero" riff to Smoky.)

She also has a terrific blog, Pam Roach Report, featuring a photograph of her smiling in front of a fighter jet and classically paranoid third person headlines like, "Senate Ethics Board Witch Hunting To Hang Senator Pam Roach".

Last night, thanks to TV-W, we had the pleasure of watching Roach's performance in yesterday's Judiciary Committee meeting. Several highlights are described in this post, but the piece de resistance is her exchange with Seattle defense lawyer Jeff Ellis and Washington State Catholic Conference Legislative Director Kim Sheley in hearing on a bill to abolish the death penalty. Video after the jump.

It goes for about six minutes, from roughly the 19 minute mark to the 25 minute mark. It concludes with both Ellis and Sheley refusing to answer her questions, Ellis remarking that he is "deeply disturbed at the level of discourse that this hearing has descended into," and Roach interrupting Ellis to let him know, "you don't know what my view is!"

Finally, an exasperated Adam Kline, whose daughter is grown but who must feel like he's once again supervising a child, reminds Roach, "Senator, we are here to listen to witnesses."

 
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